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2017 US SUMO OPEN – 17th Annual

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
Walter Pyramid @ California State Long Beach
The 17th annual US Sumo Open was the most dramatic competition yet! Former champions reclaimed glory, records were set, and a 245-pound athlete won the Openweight title!
The theme of 2017 was “upset city”, with many “smaller” wrestlers toppling the giants. Technique was king, and the audience got their money’s worth, as big man after big man fell off the stage.

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2016 US SUMO OPEN – 16th Annual

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
Walter Pyramid @ California State Long Beach
Byamba reclaimed glory, with a 13-0 record, winning both heavyweight and openweight divisions, undefeated. The competition level was spectacular, attracting many medallists from the World Sumo Championships, including Aron Rozum (Poland) and Batyr Altyev (Russia). Even Olympic wrestling gold medallist Karam Gaber, trying sumo for the first time, could not get past the quarter-finals in the middleweight division!

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2015 US SUMO OPEN – 15th Annual

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015
Walter Pyramid @ California State Long Beach
Nearly 4,000 fans watched history being made, as Byamba’s 8-year streak of gold medals was ended at last by Egypt’s Ramy Elgazar and Roy Sims (USA). In fact, Roy Sims became the first American EVER to win a US Sumo Open gold medal in either men’s heavyweight or openweight!

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2014 US SUMO OPEN – 14th Annual

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Walter Pyramid @ California State Long Beach
A total of 57 elite sumo wrestlers competed in 147 matches, for 5 hours, in front of 3,500 fans! Special guest former “Yamamotoyama” of Pro Sumo fame was serve as head judge. The 2014 US Sumo Open aired as a two-hour special on national TV, 10 times, on Universal Sports Network.

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2013 US SUMO OPEN – 13th Annual

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
JACCC Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
Nearly 4,000 people showed up to watch, at a venue with 3,000 seats. The packed crowd saw Byamba continued his amazing winning streak, by capturing the gold medal for the 7th year in a row, completely unprecedented! Byamba’s unforgettable “Sumo Slam” (which even shook the internet!) brought sumo awareness worldwide to a new level.

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2012 US SUMO OPEN – 12th Annual

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
JACCC Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
The US Sumo Open returned to historic Little Tokyo, where multi-time heavyweight & openweight past medalists Byambajav Ulambayar, Bayanbat Davaadalai, Kelly Gneiting, and Siosifa Isamau all medaled again in 2012, in some exciting re-matches from years past.

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2011 US SUMO OPEN – 11th Annual

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011
Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
A strong field of athletes from nine countries competed in the US Sumo Open’s Las Vegas debut. Not surprisingly, the male and female World Champions both swept their heavyweight and openweight divisions, as Byamba (men’s champion) went 9-0, and Sylwia (women’s champion) went 6-0.

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2010 US SUMO OPEN – 10th Annual

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2010
Anaheim Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim, CA
Mongolians won most of the men’s medals, even as other foreigners (from Tonga and Canada) came close, as the event took place for the first time in Orange County, in front of an over-capacity crowd. Byamba continued his gold medal winning streak, for the 4th year in a row!

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2009 US SUMO OPEN – 9th Annual

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
Redondo Beach, CA
Coupled with the US Sumo Open competition, fans got a chance to meet with, eat with, and take photos with the sumo wrestlers at the conclusion of the matches. This “Sumo Bash” was truly a new sumo experience for many hard-core fans, and as expected, Mongolians led the way.

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2008 US SUMO OPEN – 8th Annual

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Byambajav Ulambayar defeated giant Petar Stoyanov for the third consecutive time in the US Sumo Open (in the men’s heavyweight), but Petar then upset Byamba in the last match of the day — the Openweight Finals — to win his own gold medal! Other Mongolians were remarkable, too.

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